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Opportunities and Risks in 8 Funds

A look at opportunities and risks in eight funds: SPY, FXI, LQD, OIL, TLT, UUP, FXE and GLD. writes Landon Whaley of Focus Market Trader. 

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Top Picks 2018: Cardinal Health (CAH)

Cardinal Health (CAH) is one of the “big three” wholesale drug distributors in the United States along with AmerisourceBergen (ABC) and McKesson (MCK), notes Ben Reynolds, editor of Sure Dividend. 

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Top Picks 2018: Templeton Emerging Markets Income Fund (TEI)

My Top Pick for conservative investors for 2018 is Templeton Emerging Markets Income Fund (TEI), a closed-end yield fund that pays monthly distributions and has $630 million under management, explains Vivian Lewis, international expert and editor of Global Investing. 

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Top Picks 2018: VanEck Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (ANGL)

With interest rates expected to head higher in 2018, it’s assumed that fixed income would be a less than ideal place to be invested. Junk bonds, however, tend to behave more like stocks than bonds, suggests ETF expert David Dierking, editor of ETF Focus. 

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Top Picks 2018: iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)

The U.S. economy recently experienced two quarters of 3% GDP growth for the first time since 2014. Our labor market remains strong, with more jobs being created each month than needed to sustain full employment, asserts Matt Kerkhoff, editor of Dow Theory Letters. 

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Defensive Funds for Uncertain Times

For many investors, memories of 2000, when the tech bubble burst, and 2008, when the entire world seemed on the brink, re-emerge whenever times grow more uncertain, observes Stephen Leeb, editor of The Complete Investor. 

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PIMCO's Dynamic Play on Income

With rising geopolitical tensions and good money been made in the stock market, we stress the importance of increasing your bond allocation; PIMCO Dynamic Income Fund (PDI) is a great way to do it, notes Todd Shaver, editor of Bullmarket.com.

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Aberdeen: Income From Down Under

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income (FAX) is a closed-end fund that holds short-to-intermediate term debt issued by corporations and governments based in 10 Asia-Pacific countries and the US., notes Roger Conrad, editor of Capitalist Times.

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High Yields from Two Top Mortgage REITs

The commercial real estate market, in particular, enjoyed strong sales volumes in the past few years. In fact, commercial property lending was the fastest growing loan category in the U.S. banking industry during the first half of the year, notes Carla Pasternak, editor of Dow Theory Letters' The Income Investor.

TRADING IDEAS OF THE DAY
State of the Market: No News Is Good News for Stocks As Blue Chips Sur

Our U.S. equity models remain overall bullish. I expect the favorable market climate to last at least several more months. Indexes such as the DJI and SPX appear near-term overbought. Stocks may pause, asserts Marvin Appel, MD, PhD, of Signalert Asset Management.

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Fidelity Bond Funds for Low Risk Income

We are slightly reducing our portfolios' sensitivities to rising short-term interest rates. Indeed, the Fed is likely to raise rates this month, and three times next year, notes fund expert John Bonnanzio, editor of Fidelity Monitro & Insight. 

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Seasonal Trading in Oil

Oil companies typically come into favor in mid-December and remain so until late April or early May in the following year, notes seasonal trading expert Jeffrey Hirsch, editor of Stock Trader's Almanac.

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11 Reasons to Buy Microsoft

For our latest recommendation, we revisit one of the world's most prominent technology companies, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), notes growth stock expert Nicholas Vardy, editor of Alpha Algorithm. 

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Saudis, Oil and ETFs

Under the guise of clamping down on “widespread corruption,” Prince Mohammed bin Salman is sending a clear message to the Saudi elite that he is running the show, notes Tony Daltorio, editor of Investors Alley Premium Digest.

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PennantPark: BDC with Floating Rates

I’m seeing smart money in the bond market selling on rallies and not doing a whole lot of buying on dips. This tells me that, ultimately, expectations for a bump in short-term rates won’t be too far behind the recent bump in long-term rates, suggests income expert Bryan Perry, editor of Cash Machine.